The Assurance, Risk and Audit (ARA) Officer presented the Assurance, Risk and Audit Report for the Quarter ending 30 June 2021.
Members were advised that the chargeable time performance for quarter one is 80%, this is above the planned target of 74.15%. This is considered an excellent achievement based on challenges faced within the team during this time.
The assurance activities for this quarter focused on finalising the reviews of ICT, Financial Services, Revenues and Benefits and Car Parking Income.
In relation to management’s implementation of agreed actions, after follow up following the quarter ending 30 June 2021, no actions were overdue.
Members asked questions in relation to resourcing and officers advised that the department was in the process of a restructure which is likely to lead to a shared manager with Copeland BC.
The Committee expressed concern at the lack of resourcing in the ARA Team and the cost of external resource costs.
Members also asked questions in relation to the changes of governance arrangements and requested updates in relation to the ARA work which will be undertaken by the Programme Office.
Members were then provided with an overview of the Revenue and Benefits Review for 2020/21 and a summary of the agreed actions and areas of improvement.
Members asked questions to the officers in relation to VOA/NNDR and noted the contents of the report.